Expanded Junior Ranger Program

In partnership with the National Park Service, Yosemite Conservancy has ensured even more children have the chance to experience the Junior Ranger program.

Engaging Children in Nature

Created to engage children in nature and the environment during their visit to Yosemite, the Happy Isles Junior Ranger Center is now open 9 months a year, 7 days per week. Since 2009, 100,000 children have earned a Junior Ranger badge. An expanded Junior Ranger program means that more children can participate and learn about the natural world.

Junior Ranger Center Establishes Future Park Stewards

Prior to the 2008–2009 season, the Happy Isles Junior Ranger Center was open limited hours and during summer months only. Support from the Conservancy ensures staff and volunteers are available to accommodate the many school field trips that arrive in Yosemite Valley in the spring and fall, as well as the high number of family groups in the summer months. Donor funding has also allowed the program to expand into Wawona and Glacier Point during the busy summer season.

Yosemite Conservancy donors also helped provide facility upgrades and a new Junior Ranger exhibit in the Nature Center at Happy Isles, including a learning “nook,” which offers dedicated space and equipment to introduce kids to environmental stewardship. New programs are being offered, including Yosemite Search and Rescue Junior Rangers and a special commerative badge in honor of the 150th anniversary.

Thanks to your continued support, there are more programs, more rangers and more children learning about and connecting with the outdoors and Yosemite.

More Youth Stewardship Projects

Project Notes

These programs help make meaningful and lifelong connections for youth to places such as Yosemite.

Shauna Potocky
Branch Chief of Education
Yosemite National Park

Map of Your Impact

From the reintroduction of bighorn sheep to restoration of Yosemite’s legendary trails, your support has made an impact in every corner of the park.